Catholic Theology (Diploma)

View of St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Haas House.

The diploma programme in Catholic Theology offers a theological education as well as an academic preparation for future employment. It specifically addresses people who want to obtain priesthood and other professions in the service of the Church (e.g. academic pastoral assistants). The degree programme also prepares students for future employment as theological professionals in ecclesiastical and non-ecclesiastical institutions, and in academic teaching and research. Thus, the degree programme in Catholic Theology prepares students for professions, tasks and activities that require and strive for a broad and well-founded examination of the Christian revelation, the development of Christian faith and ecclesiastical life in the horizon of the mental, social, cultural and religious frameworks in past and present.

Students have to provide evidence of knowledge in Latin and Greek before they complete their first stage of the degree programme.

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Degree Programme Code: 011

10 semesters (6+4)/ 300 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 23.11.2020

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The diploma programme in Catholic Theology is divided into two stages. The first stage consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) and subsequent basic and advanced courses in the core subjects of Catholic theology (biblical studies, biblical Hebrew, Christian philosophy, church history, etc.) and ends with the first diploma examination.

The second stage consists of advanced courses and aims at improving students’ knowledge. To successfully complete the diploma programme, students have to write a diploma thesis. Following the positive assessment of the diploma thesis, students have to pass a second diploma examination.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Philosophy
  • Theology
  • Religious Studies
  • Ecumenical Christianity
  • Interreligious Dialogue

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • priesthood and other professions in the service of the Church (e.g. academic pastoral assistants)
  • theological experts in both ecclesiastical and non-ecclesiastical institutions
  • academic teaching and research.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 1.8 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.5 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 24 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the diploma programme in Catholic Theology graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 59% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,345 gross/month.
  • 8% of graduates work in the retail trade sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Arts and Humanities".